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A Quick Guide to the Fourth of July in LudingtonĀ 

Pure Ludington is full steam ahead with community events this summer, and the Independence Day holiday is no exception. Take advantage of all of the fantastic events that are planned in this lakeshore community surrounding the holiday weekend.

50th Anniversary Motor Muster

The Pere Marquette Motoring Club is celebrating a big milestone with a car show at the Mason County Fairgrounds on July 1. Here’s your chance to get up close to a great collection of vintage, collector and special-interest cars. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 5302 West US-10, Ludington.

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Artisan & Farmers Markets

Downtown Ludington’s newly refurbished Legacy Plaza is host to an all-new artisan market on Thursday, June 30 (2-6 p.m.). Shoppers will find jewelry, glassworks, wire designs, paper crafts, pottery, paintings and more. On Friday, July 1 (3-7 p.m.), shop the farmers market, where you’ll find fresh produce from local farmers, cheese, honey, coffee, wine, and freshly cut flowers. These events are held weekly in the plaza. Live music is part of the fun from 4-7 p.m. and features Merch & Miller on June 30 and Mike Lenich on July 1.

Ludington State Park Concerts

Two amazing performances are planned at the state park on July 2. Awesome Distraction will take the amphitheater stage at 7 p.m., while Lee Murdock & Friends will entertain at the beach house. 

West Shore Art Fair

Ludington’s famous art fair will take place July 2-3 in Rotary Park. You don't want to miss this browsing and shopping experience! The WSAF has been known as on the top fine-art fairs in the State of Michigan over the last 50-plus years. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 2 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 3.

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Freedom Festival 1-Mile Dash

Prior to the holiday parade, where 30,000 people gather to watch, a 1-mile run is held. Packet pickup and race day registration will take place at Leveaux Park from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Run the parade route down Ludington Avenue to raise money for the Freedom Festival Fireworks display!

Freedom Festival Grand Parade

Celebrate the Independence Day holiday in style with the grand parade proceeding down Ludington Avenue at 2 p.m. This is the quintessential holiday event, complete with marching bands, floats, princesses, dignitaries and more! The parade culminates with an appearance by the ever-popular Scottville Clown Band.

Dip Your Toes in the Sand

You can’t go wrong with a visit to the beach! Grab takeout from one of our amazing Pure Ludington restaurants and enjoy it at one of our local parks. Many establishments offer to-go food that is easily transportable, and the white-sand beaches in Ludington are an impeccable place to spend an afternoon or watch an evening sunset. And don’t forget a stop at House of Flavors for a memorable and tasty ice cream cone!

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Freedom Festival Fireworks

Gather your friends and family at any Pure Ludington beach for a dynamic fireworks display over Lake Michigan. If you have never watched fireworks following a gorgeous sunset at the beach, this is a must! It is such a fun way to spend the holiday.

SS Badger Sunset Cruise

Experience the fireworks from a different vantage point from the deck of the SS Badger Lake Michigan Carferry. This July 4 sunset cruise boards at 8:30 p.m. and features food, live music and fun while waiting for the main attraction to begin! Save your seat on the ship by visiting

Summer concert series

The fun continues even after the holiday with a live performance on July 6 by Double Trouble at Waterfront Park. Mary Rademacher & Francesca Amari with the Mark Kahny Band will be playing a mix of pop, jazz and showtunes. Concerts are free to attend and open to the public.

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For more events surrounding the holiday weekend, head to our Pure Ludington calendar.

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